Automatic Report Management

DiskSorter allows one to keep a user-specified number of reports in the reports directory or the reports SQL database while automatically deleting old reports and freeing up the disk space. These features are especially useful for fully automated file classification operations when the user needs to keep a history of report files in a reports directory or a history of reports in an SQL database.

File Classification Report Management Options

By default, DiskSorter keeps last 100 reports in the reports directory or the SQL database. In order to enable automatic report management, open the 'Options' dialog, select the 'Reports' tab and change the 'Report Files' or 'Report Database' options to appropriate values.

The 'Keep in Reports Directory' option is applicable to HTML, PDF, text, Excel CSV, XML and DiskSorter native reports saved to a reports directory or to the user's home directory using the DiskSorter command line utility. After saving each new report file, DiskSorter will check if there are too many report files of the same type (HTML, PDF, XML, CSV, etc.) in the reports directory and delete old reports according to the user-specified configuration.

The 'Keep in SQL Database' option is applicable to reports submitted to an SQL database using the DiskSorter GUI application or the DiskSorter command line utility. After saving each new report to the SQL database, DiskSorter will check if there are too many reports from the same host computer, for the same set of disks or directories and delete old reports according to the user-specified configuration. For example, if reports from two different servers are submitted to the same SQL database, DiskSorter will keep in the database the last X reports for each server.

The 'Excel CSV Reports Delimiter' option allows one to customize the field delimiter character used in Excel CSV reports. The comma character normally used as the CSV reports field delimiter is a valid file name character and therefore file names containing the comma character will span multiple fields in Excel datasheets. In order to properly export file names containing the comma character to an Excel datasheet, the CSV reports delimiter character should be changed to the Tab character, which cannot be used in file names.

The 'Save File Categories' option allows one to enable/disable exporting of file categories to HTML, PDF, text, Excel CSV and XML reports. Second-level file categories are available when reports are saved using the DiskSorter GUI application manually. Automatically generated reports or reports saved using the DiskSorter command line utility are always saved without file categories. When the 'Save File Categories option is enabled, DiskSorter GUI application will save second-level file categories to HTML, PDF, text, Excel CSV and XML reports.

The 'Save Compressed Report Files' option allows one to save automatically generated HTML, text, Excel CSV and XML reports as GZ compressed archive files.